Bubba Thompson
22-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Texas Rangers A+
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Thompson missed close to two months with a fractured left hamate bone and made a second trip to the injured list in the summer, playing a total of 57 games with High-A Down East. The results on the field were downright ugly and his prospect stock is still tumbling as you read this. His athleticism is off the charts and the power-speed dream will keep him on a roster in most dynasty leagues for the foreseeable future, but Thompson's baseball skills are lacking at this stage. In particular, he struggles to put bat to ball with consistency. He struck out at a 31.6% clip in 2019, up from 28.7% at Low-A. Thompson inflicted very little damage when he did manage to make contact in 2019, posting an almost-impossibly-low 13.0 Hard%. Some of that was probably due to the hamate injury and Thompson did show a more discerning eye at the plate with a 9.2 BB%, but a bet on Thompson is a bet on raw tools over skills. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers in June of 2017 that includes a $2.1 million signing bonus.
Added to player pool
OFTexas Rangers  A+
September 1, 2020
Thompson was added to the Rangers' player pool Tuesday.
Thompson will get the chance to work out with the Rangers' coaching staff over the final few weeks of the season but is highly unlikely to make his big-league debut. He's yet to reach Double-A and hit just .178/.261/.312 in 57 games for High-A Down East last season.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
A two-sport athlete who could have played QB in the SEC, Thompson was popped by the Rangers at the back of the first round in 2017 and broke out as a top-100 fantasy prospect in 2018. His full-season debut was delayed five weeks due to a knee injury, and he understandably struggled early against Low-A pitching, hitting .252 with a 29.4 K% in his first 160 PA. He really took off when the calendar turned to July, hitting .319/.369/.481 with five home runs and 24 steals (on 30 attempts) in 47 games. Thompson still struck out in 28.1% of his plate appearances over that stretch while only walking 5.4% of the time, illustrating the lack of plate skills at this stage of his development. He has huge raw power, and should gradually get to more of it in games. There is a reasonable chance he gets exposed at High-A or Double-A. On the flipside, he legitimately has 30/30 upside, and could continue to improve as he moves up the ladder with more reps and instruction.
A classic Rangers pick, Thompson fell to 26th overall in last year’s draft due to concerns about his ability to hit. Like Nick Williams and Lewis Brinson before him, if he hits, he has the tools to be special. A two-sport star in high school, Thompson could have played quarterback in the SEC but opted for a first-round payday, netting a slightly under-slot $2.1 million bonus. He has classic center field tools, with 65-grade speed and good instincts. Thompson also has a chance to provide 25-plus homer power down the road, although he is in the nascent stage of tapping into that raw power in games. We still don’t have enough information to get a good gauge of what type of hitter he will be. There will likely be growing pains over the next couple years, but his upside will warrant patience in deeper dynasty leagues. Knee tendinitis limited Thompson to just 30 games in the AZL, so it’s unclear if he will be sent to Low-A or held back in extended spring training.
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Activated from injured list
OFTexas Rangers  A+
June 13, 2019
Thompson (hamate bone) has been activated from the injured list, according to Scott Lucas of the Newberg Report.
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Suffers fractured hamate bone
OFTexas Rangers  A+
April 17, 2019
Thompson suffered a fractured left hamate bone and will miss approximately four weeks, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
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Surging at Low-A
OFTexas Rangers  A+
August 23, 2018
Thompson went 4-for-6 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored for Low-A Hickory on Wednesday.
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Snaps drought at Hickory
OFTexas Rangers  A+
July 2, 2018
Thompson went 8-for-26 (.308) with two RBI and three steals for Low-A Hickory over six games this past week.
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Makes Sally League debut
OFTexas Rangers  A+
May 10, 2018
Thompson went 2-for-5 with two RBI in his first game for Low-A Hickory of the South Atlantic League.
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